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Conch-shell blowers flock to Key West for a music contest


In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Brian Cardis demonstrates his prowess as he blows a conch shell following his men's division victory at the Conch Shell Blowing Contest, Saturday, March 4, 2023, in Key West, Fla. Mary Martin/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP

NICK EICHER, HOST: The island of Key West off the southern coast of Florida is known for its sunsets, its beaches and its love of a local marine mollusk--the conch.

Every March, people from all over descend on the island for the annual Key West Conch-Shell Blowing Contest.

Players of all ages buzz and blow through the cut off end of the conch. As you’ve heard so far, it’s pretty much just a primitive trumpet.

Some just make a single toned sound while others learn to play a little more—like this year’s winner.

Brian Cardis of Macon, Georgia “conked” the beginning of the Jimmy Buffett song titled “Fins.”

I think year’s grammy award winner is safe.

BROWN: He’s not doing Jimmy Buffett any favors.

It’s The World and Everything in It.


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